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Centering Native Youths’ Needs and Priorities: Findings from the 2020 Native Youth Health Tech Survey

Health advocates are increasingly using social media and mobile technology to reach American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth to address important health topics and enhance protective factors. Public health experts did not know to what extent AI/AN youth used these tools to access health resources during the pandemic. The Native Youth Health Tech Survey was administered online from October to November 2020 with 349 AI/AN youth 15 to 24 years old. Survey results indicated frequent technology use—68.7% sent 1–50 text messages per day, and 65.3% were on social media 3–7 hours per day. Instagram was the most popular channel used, and 53.5% of participants relied heavily on the Internet to access health information. The three most important health topics were Native identity, mental health, and social justice and equality. These findings can inform the design and dissemination of culturally grounded health resources across AI/AN communities to improve their reach and appeal, improving health outcomes, self-esteem, and cultural connectedness


American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research


American Indian/Alaska Native Youth


Nicole D. Reed, MPH, Roger Peterson, Thomas Ghost Dog, Carol E. Kaufman, PhD, Allyson Kelley, DrPH, MPH, CHES, and Stephanie Craig Rushing, PhD. American Indian Alaska Native Mental Health Res. 2022 ;29(3):1-17. doi: 10.5820/aian.2903.2022.1

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